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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2019, 09:21:01 PM »
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  Looking good David & love
the back story  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2019, 08:31:51 AM »
:hellosign::greatpicturessign:
  Looking good David & love
the back story  :thumbsup:
    regards Derek.

Seconded!

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2019, 08:49:12 AM »
Thirded.
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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2019, 07:02:19 PM »
Lovely photos.
Did you buy those plants in the beds in the car park?
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« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2019, 07:16:32 PM »
@port perran  Some time ago I bought some cheap plastic trees from China, (or somewhere like that!), and when they arrived I finked to myself "they look cheap and plasticky"  :). When I was looking for something to make the bushes out of -  :idea:. What I did was cut the tops off the trees, 'planted' them using PVA and used little 'blobs' of acrylic paints to look like flowers.
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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2019, 07:23:05 PM »
@port perran  Some time ago I bought some cheap plastic trees from China, (or somewhere like that!), and when they arrived I finked to myself "they look cheap and plasticky"  :). When I was looking for something to make the bushes out of -  :idea:. What I did was cut the tops off the trees, 'planted' them using PVA and used little 'blobs' of acrylic paints to look like flowers.
Cunning  -  mefinks.
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2019, 03:56:04 PM »
Just a small update.

The three tankers ordered by the Wakefield Dairies management team arrived at the dairy today. Needless to say, everybody is delighted with them.  :) :thumbsup:



(With thanks to 'Robbies Rolling Stock').
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2019, 04:17:01 PM »
Many thanks for the great photograph, David.

These tank wagons look simply spiffing!

Best wishes.

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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2019, 04:38:30 PM »
Many thanks for the great photograph, David.

These tank wagons look simply spiffing!

Best wishes.

John
  :hellosign: Gotta agree looking superb
       regards Derek.

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2019, 07:37:16 PM »
Right, we now move away from the Wakefield Dairies story and move to the next stage, a good few years further forward, and concentrate on the Royal Mail site.

Part V

Sadly, Daniel passed away in 1956 and Edward in 1959, although Maria and Sofia, who still take an active part in the running of the dairy, survive. The Directors of Wakefield Dairies were Brian and Michael, sons of John and Ellen, along with Ian, the son of Robert and Louisa. Jane, the daughter of Margaret and Jack, was also a Director. Between them, they decided that the area that had been bombed in 1944, should be sold.

Prior to this, it had been agreed that a small part of the land would be sold to a local builder, Lawrie Barrett, who would be building a few houses. After protracted negotiations, it was agreed that the Royal Mail should be the purchaser, as they were looking for a suitable location for a new depot. The Directors did stipulate a few conditions though. One was that, whilst Royal Mail would have the larger part of the site, some further workers cottages would be built. Royal Mail needed extra sidings to facilitate the loading and unloading of carriages as there was only one line from the mainline to the Wakefield Dairies private sidings – this single line had always been maintained by the dairy. It was therefore, agreed that extra sidings would be laid, with the proviso that Wakefield Dairies could use them, subject to the exigencies of Royal Mail. The extra track was laid first, which would assist in the delivery of materials for the new Royal Mail building. One final stipulation made was that, as the garden area on the site was to go, Royal Mail was to provide some amenity that would benefit the public. It was eventually agreed that a small museum, showing the working practises and vehicles of a bygone age would be created.


Two aerial shots, showing the new sidings, which will be between the Royal Mail depot and the original line to Wakefield Dairies -




Incidentally, the original line to the dairy is the one adjacent to what is locally called 'The Mountain'.
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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2019, 08:38:58 PM »
Great stuff. Keep the little back stories coming.
Do yu have an N gauge collection of RM vehicles to display in the museum?
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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2019, 08:50:36 PM »
@port perran . I have always known that Averingcliffe would involve the Royal Mail in some way, so I have most if not all of the Oxford Diecast models. I also have some, (unknown make), artics.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2019, 01:34:27 PM »
Here is the next chapter in the history of 'Averingcliffe'.  I mention in the first paragraph about photographs - they will follow. I am waiting on glue drying - whoops!  :))

Part VI
The Royal Mail loading and unloading dock was finally finished, the remainder of the safety railings being delivered, by rail of course, from the suppliers. All of the dock lighting was completed along with most of the yard lighting, by the contractor Mr N. G. Bailey. At the time the following photographs were taken, the access roads and the remainder of the yard lighting was still to be completed, as well as the fitting out of the depot. An old post office and tearoom had been demolished, stone by stone, from a village some 50 miles away, transported to the site by rail and rebuilt on the Royal Mail site.

Mr. Stanley Hamilton, who had worked for the Post Office since completing his National Service in 1953, was asked to run the depot. Stanley had started with the Post office as a postman, getting up at 4am each morning to walk to the sorting office which was about 4 miles from his home. Once there, he sorted his mail for what was called his ‘walk’, had a cup of tea and then set off. Irrespective of the weather, he always got his mail delivered by lunchtime, even though he stopped occasionally to have a word with some of the people on his walk. After delivering the post for a number of years, Stanley was promoted and eventually, as stated, was asked to run the new depot. Stanley discussed the promotion with his wife Anne and, whilst the depot was some 10 miles from their home, it was agreed that Stanley would accept the promotion. He had arranged with Michael Wakefield, the son of John and Ellen that he could be picked up en route each morning. Stanley and Anne were friendly with the Wakefield’s as Anne was a talented dressmaker and had made numerous dresses and the like for the Wakefield ladies. Before the Royal Mail depot was ready to begin operations, the Directors of Wakefield Dairies offered one of the workers cottages to Stanley and Anne who gladly accepted and duly moved in with their 4 children.

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« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2019, 04:51:56 PM »
As promised, here are some photographs of the Royal Mail depot, showing the new loading dock in place. First we have two general shots of the depot. Two carriages and an articulated lorry have been brought to the site to check that everything fits okay, (there are some very tight tolerances  :sweat:).





This third shot was taken from the rear of the new museum and tea room, (which still requires work doing to the roof) -



This shot is an aerial view showing the position of the loading dock in relation to the depot and sidings -



Then we have two night shots. At the time the photo's were taken, the safety lighting on the loading dock had not been connected to the mains -





There is plenty more work to do with the depot and its environs, including final works on the roadways and more lighting to install, along with gardens and access to the museum and exhibits for the public. It has also been noted that a piece of safety rail on the loading dock has 'gone missing'  ???. The 'elf and safety people have insisted that this be replaced before any more work can be done by the loading dock.   :censored:
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« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2019, 06:27:35 PM »
Thanks for these latest photographs David.
It’s looking good and a Royal Mail depot is certainly a change from the usual breweries, milk depots and china clay dries (I’m guilty of all of those).

And I’m so pleased that Stanley didn’t end up walking 10 miles every day!
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